Historian to give Trail of Tears presentations

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Trail of Tears State Park

A leading historian on the Trail of Tears will speak Friday and Saturday in Cape Girardeau. According to a news release from Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Duane King will first present "The John Benge Detachment: A Unique Route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears Through Southeast Missouri."

It focuses on movement of a detachment of the Cherokee from their crossing of the Mississippi at Columbus, Ky., north along the river to the Cape Girardeau area and then into Arkansas, and eventually Oklahoma.

The presentation will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Crisp Museum at the River Campus.

King will present "The Northern Route of the Forced Removal of the Cherokee Trail of Tears," a description of Cherokee experiences on the Trail of Tears near Cape Girardeau, at 9 a.m. Saturday at Trail of Tears State Park.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

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